Tuesday 23 April 2013

GMC Resurrection

Whilst rummaging through my store cupboard today I came across the Hobbyboss GMC with Bofors which I started funnily enough last April. I put it away whilst finding a suitable base and figure for it, as usual other projects came to the fore and the model was boxed up and put to one side. To be honest I had completely forgotten about it so it was a nice surprise to re discover the model! I had sorted out a figure and base and these just went into my accessories pile. So it's high time I sorted it out I think.

The model only really needs some dust and dirt so that should be simple. Figure wise I have a nice example from The Bodi and for the base a nice Monroe Perdu corner wall base will set it off nicely.

Monday 22 April 2013

Messy Modelling!

Here's a quick look at the bench at the moment! yep it's a total mess! I've been working on the vampire sanding down the joint lines and re-scribing as well as adding the missing wing tip lights and all that sanding means I really must tidy up before continuing. Especially as I plan to continue adding some paint to the RSO later on! Why is it that even with a nice large bench I always end up working in a six inch square space, I'm sure there must be some modelling phenomenon to explain it.

However the vamp is progressing nicely and I am already thinking of my next build. Not an easy task with the size of my stash at the moment. I just have so many interesting models which can be a chore when choosing which one to build! I do have two front runners though, Bronco's superb little M22 Locust and Heller's VBCI. Both very different subjects which at the moment I am finding it hard to choose between. Oh hang on I could build my Meng Models excellent AMX-30B oh the agony of choice!!

Wednesday 17 April 2013

RSO Primed

The RSO is now sitting in it's nice new primer coat and for this I used Vallejo panzer grey primer. I then lightened this with their normal grey primer and sprayed into the middle of panels etc to start the weathering of the panzer grey. The model will get a good couple of days drying time as I find that the vallejo primers need a decent amount of time to fully cure.

Little Vamp

I have been steaming ahead with the Vampire over the last couple of days and it's been very enjoyable. The model is now in all it's component parts and I have primed the cockpit parts ready for painting. So far the only improvements I have made have been to the tail booms filling some panel lines and altering the rear tailpipe slightly. The kit presents no problems and has very few parts. There is plenty of fine rivet detail and the panel lines are just right.

Monday 15 April 2013

Trumpeter 1/48th Vampire F.B Mk.9

Here is the next model on the bench, Trumpeter's Vampire. This kit has taken a serious slagging on a couple of forums I visit, (but don't post on I might add!) but you know me I don't really care so long as I enjoy the build. Plus for £13.00 I don't think it's bad value at all. There are a few simple enhancements I can make but I'm not looking for a super detailed effort.


Well I had a go at the model over the weekend and it's now ready for painting. I must say I have really enjoyed the kit, it's pretty easy to build up and has some really nice details. An added bonus is that the rear canvas hoops can be added and the tarp just slips over the top. Very handy that as it gives you the option of adding a load and having the tarp in place so you get the best of both worlds.

It's now off for a delicate wash before priming so it's onto thinking about colour schemes. Initially I was thinking about a Normandy vehicle in three colour camo BUT now I have been mulling over the idea of a panzer grey scheme with winter white wash. It's been ages since I last did a winter scheme plus I have a rather nice figure to go with my idea so maybe that's the way to go.

Thursday 11 April 2013

A Much Needed Break

Last weekend saw myself and the missus head off to Dorset for the weekend for what we felt was a much needed break from the trauma of loosing Buck. And I must say we had a smashing time from excellent cream tea's to some superb pub grub and on my part some fantastic ales drunk! In between all this drinking and eating we did manage to pop down to the Donkey Sanctuary, an organisation very close to the wife's heart and had a very enjoyable morning meeting all the lovely donkey's there. My wife has a huge soft spot for them so it was great therapy for her! It was so nice just visiting little places we know along that part of the coast and just relaxing and being together. I certainly came back refreshed and a lot less depressed, so much so that this week I have been decorating! not my most favourite domestic chore but something I just felt was right to do, sort of like a fresh start I guess.

Of course all this has kept me away from the bench but I am sure I will be back at it this weekend! I would also like to say a big thank you to all of you for your kind comments and support, it means a lot to me so thanks again everyone.